Geertgens, Harder, Snyder take titles.

Montrose finished fifth among 12 teams at the South Williamsport Tournament, Saturday, January 4. Top finishers for Montrose, left to right: Nick Harder 113-pound champion, Andrew Rosevear, runner-up at 132 pounds, and Dylan Geertgens, 126-pound champion.

Local wrestlers fared well Saturday in South Williamsport as three claimed titles and several others medaled in an intense day of action.

Montrose had two champions as Nick Harder brought home the championship at 113 pounds and Dylan Geertgens continued his fine varsity debut season with a championship at 126 pounds. Elk Lake’s Todd Snyder was the other victor claiming 138 pounds.

Harder earned his title with a 4-2 decision over Taylor Smith of Juniata. Harder earned his way to the title match with a 44-second pin of Pleasant Valley’s Edward Laurintsen. 

Two classes later Geertgens pinned Juniata’s Daniel Painter in 1:03 to win 126 pounds. It was Geertgens third pin of the day as he also decked Sweet Valley Rural Charter’s Colin Fox-Coleman in 3:32 and Elk Lake’s Joe Merschen in 1:07.

Snyder won 138 pounds with an 11-3 major decision over Tyson Arnaud of Juniata.

He also collected a 5-0 decision over Tanner Talmadge of Williams Valley and slipped by Sugar Valley Rural Charter’s Dominic Kennedy 4-3.

Montrose finished fifth overall as a team getting second place finishes from Andrew Rosevear at 132 pounds and a fourth-place finish from Brandon Soule at 120 pounds.

Rosevear lost a 7-3 decision to Chase Esterline of Williams Valley in the championship match. He earned the right to the championship with a 1-0 decision over Isaac Whiteash, also of Williams Valley.

Soule was pinned by Sugar Valley Rural Charter’s Naaman Conoway.

The Meteors also got fifth -place finishes from Gabe Morrisson at 113 and Derek DeMann at 182 while Evan Miller (106), Noah Smith (170), and Devon Ford (195) took sixth place. James Bixby also earned 8th at 120 pounds.

Elk Lake finished seventh overall in the team standings as John Tyler finished second at 182 pounds after falling to South Williamsport’s Sam Hostrander in the finals 8-4.

Merschen recoverd from his loss to Geertgens to capture third at 126 with a 4-2 win over Gavin Huston of Sugar Valley Rural Charter. Also, Noah Atkins decisioned Sullivan County’s Colton Pretti 3-0 to finish third at 160 pounds.

Thaddeus Woodhead also medaled with a fourth-place finish at 152 pounds.

Elk Lake’s Codi Bomboy finished fourth when he was defeated by Mountain View’s Nathan Ofalt in the 145-pound consolation match. Ofalt earned a 12-2 major decision for the Eagles.

Mountain View, which finished 11th overall, also had Jeremiah Schwartz lose a narrow 5-4 decision to Herm Harney of Sullivan County at 170 pounds to finish fourth.

The Eagles also placed Logan Sprague sixth at 152 and eight at 138 with Caden Holtsmaster and Hunter Jones at 160.

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